A former mobster turned FBI-informant who inspired the 1990 Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas has died at the age of 69.

Henry Hill, who was immortalised by Ray Liotta in the film, passed away in an LA hospital after a long battle with an undisclosed illness, TMZ reported.

Hill testified about New York mob murders and crime rings in 1980. He was initially in the federal witness protection programme, but was removed in 1990 after a series of drug arrests.

Hill's long-time manager and girlfriend, Lisa Caserta, told the New York Post: "He had a heart attack around the 27th of May, and he went into the hospital and it was really touch-and-go for a long time."

The father-of-two had also suffered from bad circulation, caused by smoking, she said.

Hill has had a history of alcohol-related arrests. In 2009 he told AP: "I've been on every drug humanly possible, and I can't get a handle on alcohol."

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  • The Goodfellas cast

  • Martin Scorcese with Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio

  • Henry Hill with Debi Mazar, who also appeared in Goodfellas

  • Henry Hill at the Goodfellas premiere

  • Former mobster turned chef Henry Hill sits in the Firefly restaurant in North Platte, Neb., in this photo from Feb. 22, 2005.

  • An undated mugshot of Henry Hill

  • Henry Hill on his wedding day to wife Karen

  • A grinning Henry Hill police mugshot

  • Henry Hill cuts a tray of pizza in the kitchen of the Firefly restaurant where he cooks in North Platte, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005. The exploits of Hill, who sought refuge in the witness protection program after agreeing to testify against his former mob bosses from New York, were the basis for the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, which was later turned into the 1990 film "Goodfellas" directed by Martin Scorsese.

  • Henry Hill sits in the dining room of the Firefly restaurant in North Platte, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005. The exploits of Hill, who sought refuge in the witness protection program after agreeing to testify against his former mob bosses from New York, were the basis for the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, which was later turned into the 1990 film "Goodfellas" by Martin Scorsese